Person

Megan O'Connell

Megan O’Connell is a public policy expert with experience across the early childhood, school and tertiary education sectors. She joined Mitchell in January 2016, and leads the institute’s policy program. 
Position paper

Beyond ATAR: a proposal for change

This position paper articulates an ambition for improving the education journeys of 15-19 year olds. It proposes three inter-locking proposals to improve the experience and life outcomes of all young people.
Commentary

Australians pay more for education than the OECD average – but is it worth it?

Australia has the third most expensive education system in the OECD, but we might not be getting what we pay for, writes Megan O'Connell.
Report

Preparing young people for the future of work

Australia's education system is not preparing students for twenty-first century success. Young Australians are studying for longer than ever before but are disengaged and struggling to find permanent jobs. Young people entering technology-rich, global, competitive job markets need different skill sets to what our education...
Report

Expenditure on education and training in Australia 2016

Brings together data across all areas of education to prompt governments to consider a more planned and consistent approach to distributing resources. This report shows that some stages of education have been clearly prioritised over others. Vocational Education and Training The findings suggest that quality...
Report

VET: securing skills for growth

Education is at the core of a thriving economy and while Australia has historically had a comparative advantage in its highly-educated workforce, this is being eroded. At the same time, the challenges posed by emerging technologies that threaten to make current skills obsolete pose a...